Donald Trump’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 100 days
As we close in on Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president, let’s take stock of just how little the new president has accomplished. Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz. And if there were, it would be graded on a curve, just like the media grade Trump.
- It’s now easier for a mentally ill person to buy a gun.
- You can now shoot bears while they’re hibernating.
- Companies can now buy your Internet browsing history.
- I’m sure some post offices got new names.
Things that happened that he had nothing to do with but claimed credit for:
- Neil Gorsuch confirmed by the Senate as a Supreme Court justice. (Really accomplished by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for going more than a year without holding hearings on President Barack Obama’s SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Garland.)
- Adding jobs to the economy that had been long planned under the Obama administration, such as jobs from Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint and SoftBank, Lockheed Martin, Intel, and Walmart.
Failures (remember that Trump’s “Contract with the American Voter” listed 10 pieces of legislation in his “100-day plan.” Here are just a few that didn’t happen or were killed):
- Repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare (now on Trumpcare 3.0).
- Tax reform (a last-minute, one-page cheat sheet that would mostly benefit Trump himself doesn’t count).
- Government hiring freeze (executive order issued, but lifted).
- Two Muslim travel bans, both struck down by multiple courts.
- Term limits for members of Congress (who was he kidding?).
- 532 of 554 key jobs requiring Senate confirmation are still empty — and Trump has not even nominated a candidate for 508 of them, according to Politico.
Promises abandoned (at least for now):
- The border wall with Mexico, which is unlikely ever to get built and will certainly never be paid for by Mexico.
- Pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
- Getting rid of the Islamic State with his “secret plan.”
- Pulling the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which puts him in a weaker position to bargain with Canada and Mexico over NAFTA.
- A meaningless Tomahawk cruise missile airstrike on Syria, at a cost of $80 million to $100 million.
- Dropping the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb (aka the “mother of all bombs”), the largest non-nuclear bomb the United States has, on a deserted area of Afghanistan with underground tunnels, at a cost of between $170,000 and a half million dollars. Nearly 100 ISIS fighters were killed. I guess this counts as “bombing the shit out of ISIS,” as he bragged during campaign rallies. Recently, by the way, in that same area, ISIS fighters killed two U.S. troops.
- His entire family has been getting richer. Son Eric Trump bragged that the Trump “brand is the hottest it has ever been.”
- Personal profits from weekly trips to Trump-owned properties for golf, mostly to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, trips that cost $3 million each for Air Force One travel, Coast Guard personnel, etc. Oh, and he even charges the Secret Service for agents’ use of golf carts — to the tune of $35,000 so far.
- His golf game may have improved.
- He tweeted. A LOT.
It’s “the most failed first 100 days ever,” said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley in a story in The Independent. “I don’t know how it can get much worse.”
One hundred days of Trump already feels like years, but there are 1,361 days to go before the next inauguration. So what does the rest of the world think about Trump’s first 100 days? We’ll sum it up in a tweet from NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel: